Malcolm and Lucy have lived in Wentworth all their lives, they raised their family here and know the strength and the diversity of the local community. Malcolm grew up in Vaucluse and Double Bay in the 1950s and 1960s and for much of his childhood, his father, Bruce, was a single parent.
Malcolm was educated at Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Grammar School. Malcolm’s high school education at Sydney Grammar was assisted by a scholarship. Seventeen years ago Malcolm arranged for an additional means tested scholarship to be established at Sydney Grammar in memory of his late father. Malcolm graduated from Sydney University with a BA LLB. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.
During and after his studies at Sydney University, Malcolm worked as a journalist with The Bulletin, 2SM, TCN 9 and the London Sunday Times.
After a successful career in journalism Malcolm began practicing law in 1980. He quickly established a reputation as an effective advocate, most notably when he successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government, in the “Spycatcher” trial.
Malcolm left law for business in 1987 where he has since been responsible for the establishment and success of many Australian businesses. In particular he has been a determined supporter of Australian technology. He co-founded OzEmail in 1994. His software companies have won many awards for exporting Australian technology.
In 1997 Malcolm was elected to attend the Australian Constitutional Convention. He led the republican case in that Convention and in the subsequent referendum.
Malcolm has initiated numerous policy and research projects in areas such as education, indigenous affairs, home ownership affordability, balancing work and family responsibilities and national population and fertility policy. He was Chairman of the Menzies Research Centre between 2002 and 2004.
Malcolm married Lucy Hughes in 1980. Their two children, Alex and Daisy attended local schools and have now completed University.
Lucy and Malcolm have been partners not only in marriage but also in their many businesses. Lucy was the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney, a position she held until early 2004.
At the Federal election on 9 October 2004, Malcolm was elected as the Member for Wentworth and upon entering Parliament, he joined the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade as well as the House of Representatives Standing Committees on Economics, Health and Ageing and Legal and Constitutional Affairs. On 27 January 2006, Malcolm was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and just over twelve months later, he was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Environment and Water Resources; a position he held until the Federal Election on 24 November 2007.
On 6 December 2007, Malcolm was appointed as Shadow Treasurer and following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009. Malcolm was the Minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015. He was elected the leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister on 14 September 2015 and was re-elected as Prime Minister of Australia at the Federal Election on 2 July 2016.
Malcolm and Lucy continue to live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and have three grandchildren, Jack, Alice and Isla.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was born in Detmold (Lippe district) on 5 January 1956. He has been married to Elke Büdenbender since 1995. They have one daughter. After attending grammar school in Blomberg and doing two years of military service, Frank-Walter Steinmeier began his degree in law at Justus Liebig University in Giessen in 1976. From 1980, he also studied political science. He passed the first state law examination in 1982 and then did his practical legal training in Frankfurt am Main and Giessen. He completed this training when he passed the second state law examination in 1986, after which he worked as a research fellow at the Chair of Public Law and Political Science in Justus Liebig University in Giessen. In 1991, he was awarded a doctorate in law for his thesis ‚Homeless citizens –the duty to provide housing and the right to a place to live‘. Traditions and prospects of state intervention to prevent and overcome homelessness“. In the same year, Frank-Walter Steinmeier moved to the State Chancellery of Land Lower Saxony in Hanover, where he worked as a desk officer for media law and policy. In 1993, he became Head of Office to Gerhard Schröder, Minister-President of Land Lower Saxony.
The following year, he was appointed Head of the Department for Policy Guidelines and Interministerial Coordination and Planning. Two years later, he became State Secretary and Head of the State Chancellery of Land Lower Saxony. In 1998, he was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for the Federal Intelligence Services. He also served as Head of the Federal Chancellery from 1999. Frank-Walter Steinmeier was appointed Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2005 and was also Deputy Chancellor from 2007. In 2009, he won a directly elected seat in a constituency in Land Brandenburg and became a Member of the German Bundestag. The parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in the German Bundestag elected him as chairperson. Four years later, he became Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs for the second time, and served in this role until January 2017.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Ignatz Bubis Prize for Understanding, the Europe Prize for Political Culture, the Bosphorus Prize for European Understanding, the Willy Brandt Prize, the Tolerance Prize of the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing and the Ecumenical Prize of the Catholic Academy in Bavaria. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by Paderborn University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Piraeus and Ural Federal University of Ekaterinburg. He is also an honorary citizen of the cities of Sibiu and Reims.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the twelfth President of the Federal Republic of Germany on 12 February 2017. (Photocopyright: Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler)
Mathias Cormann was born in the German-speaking part of Belgium and decided to migrate to Australia permanently, after first visiting Perth in 1994, attracted by the great lifestyle and opportunities on offer in Western Australia. He has been the Australian Minister for Finance since 18 September 2013, having represented the State of Western Australia in the Senate since June 2007. Since 20 September 2015, he has been the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Appointed by the Australian Prime Minister and the German Chancellor, Mathias has served as the Co-Chair of the Australia Germany Advisory Group, along with Prof Dr Maria Böhmer, the Minister of State in the Federal Foreign Office on behalf of Germany.
The work of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group has led to a broader, deeper and stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and Germany. Significant achievements include the signing of a new more contemporary bilateral double taxation agreement, closer strategic relations through a biennial 2+2 dialogue between Defence and Foreign Ministers and the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce to enhance collaboration between Australian and German industry in advanced manufacturing. Holding a major Asia-Pacific Regional Conference for German, Australian and Asia-Pacific business and political leaders was also one of the outcomes of the Advisory Group work.
Before migrating to Perth, Mathias graduated in law at the Flemish university of Louvain (Leuven). Between 2003 and 2007 Mathias worked for major Western Australian health insurer HBF in a range of senior management roles, including as General Manager HealthGuard and as General Manager of HBF Health Insurance. In 2001, realising a childhood dream, Mathias obtained his Private Pilots Licence through the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia. Mathias is married to Hayley, a lawyer with the Perth office of Clayton Utz. They have two daughters, Isabelle and Charlotte.
Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of BHP effective from 10 May 2013. He joined in 2008 as Chief Executive Non‐Ferrous with responsibility for over half of BHP’s 100,000 strong workforce across four continents. His portfolio included Escondida in Chile, the world’s largest single source of copper.
He has over thirty years’ experience in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals and has held senior positions in BP and Rio Tinto. He has been a non‐executive Director of Centrica and has served on the Audit, Remuneration and Corporate & Social Responsibility committees. He has also chaired Demos, one of the UK’s most influential think‐tanks.
Andrew has a doctorate in Chemistry and a first‐class degree in Geology. In early 2014 he was announced as being on the Science Council’s list of top 100 UK practising scientists. On 1 May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.
Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.
Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister Bishop has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia’s overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years, introduced the New Colombo Plan to support Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region, and established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop bold and creative solutions to long standing development challenges.
She has strengthened Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships and enhanced Australia’s engagement with Pacific Island countries, including normalising relations with Fiji, leading international recovery and reconstruction efforts in Vanuatu and establishing a school of government in Papua New Guinea.
Minister Bishop promoted Australia’s interests at the United Nations Security Council, playing a lead role in the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.
She previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues. Prior to this, Minister Bishop was Minister for Ageing.
Minister Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.
Before entering Parliament Minister Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.
Minister Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996, completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan studied Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) after being awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1980. He was elected President of the NUS Students’ Union from 1981 to 1983 and Chairman from 1984 to 1985.
After graduation, Dr Balakrishnan specialised in Ophthalmology. He was appointed Associate Professor of NUS and Deputy Director of Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) in 1997. In 1999, he became Medical Director of SNEC. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Singapore General Hospital in 2000.
Dr Balakrishnan has been a Member of Parliament since 2001.
Currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative, Dr Balakrishnan has also previously held appointments as the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister responsible for Entrepreneurship, Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and Minister of State for National Development.
Professor Maria Böhmer has been Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office since December 2013.Her remit covers cultural relations and education policy, Germany’s United Nations and global policies, external economic policy and sustainable development issues. In terms of world regions, her work focuses on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as South and South-East Asia.
Areas of special interest to the Minister of State include the promotion of vocational training as a means of fostering economic development within and outside Europe, the incorporation of the post-Millennium Development Goals into the post-2015Development Agenda, as well as strengthening and boosting humanitarian assistance.One key political focus is strengthening the role of women as part of Germany’s foreign policy.Since November 2014, Böhmer has been Co-Chairperson of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, which has put forward and implemented proposals on intensifying relations.
Thomas Trikasih Lembong, also known as Tom, is the Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board. He was the Indonesian Minister of Trade from August 2015 to July 2016.
Prior to his appointment in the cabinet, he had a long professional record. In 1994, Mr. Lembong started his career at Morgan Stanley and Company as a Sales and Trading Associate. He then worked at Equities Division of Morgan Stanley (Singapore), served as Senior Manager at Corporate Finance Department of Makindo and Investment Banker of Deutsche Securities Indonesia.
Between 2002 and 2005, Mr. Lembong served as Division Head and Senior Vice President at the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA). He is employed with Principia Management Group, and was a Managing Partner and CEO at Quvat Management, a private equity fund established in 2006.
Mr. Tom Lembong received a Bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Arts) majoring in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA in 1994. He also was elected as Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2008.
Hubert Lienhard has a doctorate in chemistry. He began his career in 1981 with Lurgi GmbH. Between 1989 and 2001 Dr. Lienhard held a range of management posts within the ABB Group, and in 2001 he transferred to Voith and became a member of its Group Management Board. From 2002 until 2008 Dr. Lienhard headed the Voith Hydro group division, and since 2008 he has been Chairman of the Group Management Board. Dr. Lienhard sits on the supervisory boards of the graphite and carbon specialist SGL Group, the Baden-Württemberg energy supplier EnBW, the precious metals and technology company Heraeus and the engineering conglomerate SMS Group.
He is a member of the Restricted Management Board of the VDMA, a member of the Board of Directors of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), a member of the German-Indian Advisory Group and a member of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum. On 3 February 2014 Lienhard also took over the chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA).
On 23 February 2016, Diane Jurgens was announced as the Chief Technology Officer for BHP Billiton, heading up a new global technology function. In this role, Jurgens is responsible for providing operational and information technology services to the company, as well as leading technology innovation across the organisation.
Jurgens joined BHP Billiton as Head of Business Information Systems in September 2015, leading the team responsible for all enterprise-wide Information Management services and systems and ensuring the successful implementation of the long term IT and technology strategy and roadmap.
Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Jurgens worked in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. Most recently, she served as Managing Director of the Shanghai OnStar Telematics Company, where she oversaw business operations, innovation and strategy for the leading telematics company in China. Concurrently she held the position of Deputy General Director of the Connected Consumer Experience, where she was responsible for the SAIC-GM connected vehicle business unit.
During her 17 years at General Motors, Jurgens held several roles, including Director of Global Product Development Information Systems & Services, CIO of the GM China Group, CIO of GM Asia Pacific and Vice President and CIO of GM International Operations. Prior to joining GM, she worked at The Boeing Company.
Jurgens has a strong technology background and rich international operations experience, including nearly ten years working and living in China. In her current role, Jurgens is based in Singapore.
Jurgens graduated with honours from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in international business from Seattle University. In September 2013, Jurgens received the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government for her contributions to the social and economic development of Shanghai.
Lucy Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. She chaired the Committee for Sydney from 2012 to 2015.
In 2015 she was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.
She is Chairman of Prima BioMed Limited, an ASX- listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment.
Ms Turnbull was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business.
In 2012 Ms Turnbull was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW, and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW, in 2016.
PhD, Hannover Medical School; trained as a Medical Specialist and as a Medical Officer, Bundeswehr. Several years as Parliamentary Group Chairman and Minister of Economics, Labour and Transport of the state of Lower Saxony. Until May 2011, Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany. Former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, and Federal Chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Currently, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum.
Mark McGowan believes in the value of hard work and merit but very much supported by the values of equality, opportunity and compassion. He learned these values early, growing up in regional New South Wales, where his parents ran small businesses and educated their two sons at public schools. Mark studied arts and law at the University of Queensland and began his career in public service in the Royal Australian Navy, going on to serve as a Lieutenant at HMAS STIRLING. Mark is still a member of the Navy Reserves and was awarded the Governor General’s Commendation for Bravery for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car. Mark and his wife Sarah and their three young children – Samuel, Alexander and Amelia – live in the Rockingham community. Mark also had an ambition to do what he could to make his local community, and Western Australia, a better place to live for all WA families. This led to his work in local and state government. Mark was the Deputy Mayor of Rockingham before winning the State seat of Rockingham in December 1996.
In the years since his election to the Western Australian Parliament, Mark has held many senior portfolios in both Government and Opposition. He was Parliamentary Secretary to former Premier Geoff Gallop and has served as a Minister in the portfolios of Education and Training, Environment, Racing and Gaming, Tourism and South West. As the Minister for Racing and Gaming, Mark drove the small bar reforms which have liberalised Perth’s entertainment scene. It could be argued that this policy – which many influential people opposed at the time – has done more to revitalise Perth than any building or monument. As Tourism Minister, Mark boosted WA’s tourism industry by negotiating to bring low-cost carrier Jetstar to Perth. As Education Minister, Mark got back to basics and brought in major curriculum changes including more exams, traditional marking and reports, and reintroduced the syllabus. In Opposition, Mark served as Manager of Opposition Business, as well as Shadow Minister for State Development; and Planning and Housing before being elected Leader on 23 January 2012. On 11 March 2017, Mark was elected the 30th Premier of Western Australia.
Steven Ciobo was sworn in as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 19 July 2016.
This is Mr Ciobo’s third front bench role in the foreign affairs and trade portfolio. He has previously served as the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment. In these roles Mr Ciobo championed economic integration in the Pacific through private sector-led growth; promoted the benefits of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements; led delegations of industry leaders to our key trading partners; and supported the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia’s diplomatic interests overseas.
Mr Ciobo served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014. During this time he made the ultimate assessment of Australia’s national interest on some 800 applications for foreign investment worth around AUD150 billion. He also served as an Alternate Governor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Adopting a recommendation of the 2007 Inquiry into the current and future directions of Australia’s services export sector by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Mr Ciobo joined the Nelson Opposition frontbench as the Shadow Minister for the Service Economy. He subsequently served on the frontbench of the Turnbull and Abbott Oppositions, including in the small business and tourism portfolios.
Mr Ciobo was first elected as the Member for Moncrieff in the Australian Parliament in 2001. Before entering Parliament, Mr Ciobo built a professional career as an executive in the economic reform unit at international firms Coopers & Lybrand and, later, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from Bond University, as well as a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.
Mr Ciobo is married with two children.
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash is Minister for Employment, Minister for Women and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and has held these portfolios since September 2015. Senator Cash was previously the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women from September 2013 to September 2015
In September 2010, Senator Cash was appointed to the dual roles of the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women.Senator Cash was Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from September 2012 to September 2013.
Senator Cash has also been actively involved in several Senate committees including as the Deputy Chairman of the Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.
Senator Cash is a Liberal Senator for Western Australia. She was first elected in 2007 and commenced her as a Senator on 1 July 2008.
Prior to entering Parliament, Senator Cash was a senior lawyer practicing in employee relations with Freehills in their Perth office.
Senator Cashholds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of London and a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) from Curtin University in Perth, graduating with a triple major in public relations, politics and journalism.
In addition, she holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Western Australia.Senator Cash is married to Richard Price, a barrister.She is the daughter of former Minister in the Western Australian Government and former President of the Legislative Council, the Hon George Cash AM.
Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Kooyong. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.
In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 election.
As a primary school student Josh attended Bialik College in Hawthorn and then completed his secondary schooling at Mt Scopus College in Burwood. He currently lives with his family, in Hawthorn.
Josh has Law and Economics degrees both with Honours from Monash University and completed his articles of clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jacques.
He went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University, which he attended on a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Josh is also a former Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank AG.
Josh is a keen tennis player, having represented Australia at the World University Games in England in 1991 and the United States in 1993.
He currently sits on the Board of the Kids Tennis Foundation which provides coaching to disadvantaged kids.
Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt in 1993. Christopher is the Minister for Defence Industry, and Leader of the House of Representatives.
In his time in Parliament he has been Shadow Minister for Education, Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Shadow Minister for Justice, Minister for Ageing, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Community Services. Christopher has also served as Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
Christopher is the author of “A Letter to my Children”, published in 2015.
Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor.
Christopher is married to Carolyn and is the father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia.
In November 2001 at the age of 30, Minister Dutton was elected as the Federal Member for Dickson in Queensland.
In 2004, Minister Dutton became one of the youngest Ministers since Federation with his appointment as Minister for Workforce Participation, with responsibility for the Job Network, Disability Employment Services, Work for the Dole and transition to work opportunities for all unemployed Australians.
In January 2006, Minister Dutton was promoted to Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer. He worked closely with the then Treasurer, Peter Costello, in areas including Budget preparation, taxation, superannuation, prudential regulation, and competition and consumer policy.
Following the change of Government in November 2007, Minister Dutton was promoted to Shadow Cabinet as Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation. In September 2008, he was promoted to Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.
Following the 2013 Federal Election, Minister Dutton was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Sport and on 23 December 2014 he was appointed Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Dutton employed 40 staff in his small business following a successful career as a Queensland police officer, including in the Drug Squad, Sex Offenders Squad and the National Crime Authority.
The Hon Todd McClay is the Member of Parliament for Rotorua. He was first elected to Parliament in 2008 after winning his seat from the Labour Government with a majority of more than 5,000 votes. In 2011 he was re-elected and increased his majority to more than 7,300 votes.
In June 2013, Mr McClay was appointed Minister of Revenue and Associate Health and following a Cabinet reshuffle that year, he retained the Revenue portfolio and was appointed Associate Minister of Tourism.
In September 2014, Mr McClay was again elected as Member of Parliament for Rotorua with an increased majority of 7,418. Mr McClay was promoted to Cabinet and became Minister of Revenue, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Trade.
In December 2015, following a cabinet reshuffle, Mr McClay became the Minister of Trade.
He is a member of both the Cabinet Economic Growth & Infrastructure Committee and the Cabinet Committee on External Relations and Defence.
Prior to entering Parliament, Mr McClay owned an international communications and lobbying company in Europe. He has worked in political capacity internationally, in the European Parliament as the Chief of Staff to the Leader of the British Conservative Party and for the Irish Fianna Fail Party.
In 2000, he was appointed the Cook Islands and Niue Ambassador to the European Union serving these governments in Brussels. In recognition of his work for the people of the Cook Islands, in 2005 Mr McClay was made an Honorary Cook Islands National.
Mr McClay lives in Rotorua with his wife and four children.
Malik Samarawickrama, a businessman by profession, is a close and long standing confidant of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. His entrance to politics was mainly due to the influence of Wickremasinghe, who twice made him the United National Party chairman. He resigned the position when the party was defeated in 2004 and was reappointed in 2015.
His Ministry seeks to bring together the trade and investment work across government to boost Sri Lanka’s market access, exports and inbound investments.
Samarawickrama is a keen supporter of rugby and represented Sri Lanka in the 1960s.
Mr Tofail Ahmed, M.P. was born in Bhola, an island district situated at southern-western part of Bangladesh, on 22nd October, 1943.
He is a veteran Parliamentarian and was a contemporary of the first President of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was a central figure in Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
Mr Ahmed received a Bachelor Degree in science from the College of Barishal in 1962 and a Master’s Degree in Soil Science from the University of Dhaka in 1966.
Mr Ahmed served as the Minister for Commerce and Industries from 1996 to 1999. He was Minister for Industries from 1999-2001. He served as the Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry from 2009-2013, and then as the Minister for Housing & Public Works and Industries,from 2013 to 2014. He is currently serving as the Bangladesh Minister for Commerce, a role he has held since January 2014.
Sorasak Pan is the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Government of Cambodia, responsible for international co-operation for trade and the implementation of trade-sector-wide approaches (Trade SWAp) policy. He is the national focal person for the Enhanced Integrated Framework and in charge of Trade Development in the Sub-Steering Committee for Trade Development and Trade-Related Investment. He is the Vice Chairman of the National Committee for the development triangle between Laos and Vietnam. He leads the drafting of an e-Commerce law.
Prior to this, Mr Pan occupied the same position at the Offices of the Council of Ministers/Prime Minister’s Office, and was the Chief Technical Consultant to the National Election Commission on electoral processes during the election of 1998.
Mr Dato Erywan started Civil Service in 1989 as a Veterinary Chemist in the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. In 1991, he assumed the duties of Head of Unit for the Miscellaneous Crop Unit. Later in 1994, he undertook duties on ASEAN Agriculture Matters and became the focal point for ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) Meetings.
He received his Combined Degree with Honours in Genetics and Biophysics from Leeds University, West Yorkshire in 1988 and MSc. in Genetics and Its Applications from University College Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom in 1991. In 2005, he was transferred to the Department of International Trade at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was involved in the Brunei-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (BJEPA) negotiations and lead negotiator for the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) until its completion in 2007.
On 17 January 2008, he was promoted to Deputy Permanent Secretary and within seven months of his promotion, he was then appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam on 23 August 2008.
He was previously ASEAN SOM Leader of Brunei Darussalam and he was also a former member of Board Directors of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) & Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for Brunei Darussalam in 2008 and Brunei Gas Carrier (BGC), Brunei Shell Tank (BST) & Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM) in 2010.
On 22 October 2015, by command of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Dato Erywan was appointed as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam.
Dato Erywan is also currently appointed as Joint Deputy Chairman of the Brunei Strategy Council (BSC) with effect from November 2015 and Deputy Chairman of Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) in 2016. Amongst Dato Erywan’s honours and awards are as follows:
Elke Büdenbender was born in the Weidenau district of Siegen on 14 January 1962. She has been married to Frank-Walter Steinmeier since 1995. They have one daughter.
Elke Büdenbender attended intermediate secondary school in Siegen, after which she trained as an industrial clerk at a company of machine building industry in Siegen. She attended Siegerland College in Siegen in 1982 and then worked as a clerk at a logistics company.
In 1985, she began her degree in law at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, where she passed her first state law examination in 1991. From 1987, she worked as a student assistant and later as a research assistant to Professor Brun-Otto Bryde at the Chair of Public Law. She completed her practical legal training at Hanover Regional Court in 1994, when she passed her second state law examination. Thereafter Ms Büdenbender worked as a judge at Hanover Administrative Court. She has been a judge at Berlin Administrative Court since 2000. (She is currently on long-term leave.)
Penny is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
Penny was born in Malaysia and moved to Adelaide with her family as an eight year old where she now lives with her partner and their two daughters.
Before entering politics Penny worked for a union, as a ministerial adviser in the NSW Labor Government and as a lawyer.
Penny was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002.
Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007, Penny was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water and later served as Minister for Finance and Deregulation.
In 2013 Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government, she was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Penny is the first woman to hold both of these roles.
Education and Training
Nicholas Davis is Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Nick has over 15 years of experience working with business, non-profit and government leaders to adapt and govern their organisations through disruptive change. Nick leads the Forum’s work on The Fourth Industrial Revolution and oversees the Forum’s interactions with global civil society.
Previously a commercial lawyer, a director at Oxford Investment Research and the World Economic Forum’s Head of Europe, Nick is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK. He is on the advisory board of the IMP3rove European Innovation Management Academy and is an author of a wide range of publications on the subjects of innovation, complexity, entrepreneurship, social development and scenario thinking.
Rainer is Head of Macquarie for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Rainer has 24 years of experience in Investment Banking and Finance. He joined Macquarie in 2010.
From 2001 to 2010 he worked for Merrill Lynch and Lazard.
From 1998 to 2001 Rainer worked for the Dunlop TECH Group as Manager Finance and Controlling and was subsequently promoted to CFO.
From 1993 to 1998 Rainer worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse specialising on due diligence reviews and auditing automotive suppliers.
Rainer holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and a PhD in computer science (Wirtschaftsinformatik) from the University of Würzburg, Germany.
John is the Co-Head of Macquarie Capital for Australia and New Zealand.
John has 17 years of experience in the finance and infrastructure sectors both as a civil engineer and in infrastructure finance.
While at Macquarie, John has advised on corporate and project financings, mergers & acquisitions and arranging debt and equity for a variety of transactions. John has also provided strategic financial advice to corporates in relation to capital structure reviews, and governments in relation to projects, assets and financing.
Previously, John worked for a number of years as a civil engineer in Australia on infrastructure projects, before completing his Doctorate at Oxford University in civil engineering, and subsequently his Master of Applied Finance.
Asia and Australia, Energy Management Division
MBA, INSEAD Business School, France
Bachelor (Honors) in Engineering and Business Finance, University College London and London School of Economics, UK
Apprenticeship, Siemens AG
– Siemens AG, Germany
– Product Line Manager for Wireless Internet, Wireless Network Group
Cisco Systems, Germany
– Market Development Manager
Cisco Systems, USA
– Director, Sales Business Development, Worldwide Product Sales
– Director, Engineering and Systems Development, Cisco Development Organization, Research and Development
– Vice President, Delivery and Sales, EMEA and Russia, Cisco Services
– SVP, Global Service Provider, Service Delivery Worldwide
– SVP, Global Service Provider, Sales, EMEA, Russia and APJ
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
Corporate Technology, Corporate Development, next47, Building Technologies Division, Mobility Division, Middle East, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Sustainability
Studied physics at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and at the University of Grenoble, France Dipl.-Phys., Dr. rer. nat.
– Joined Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany, Corporate Research and Development Department – Project head
– Automotive Systems Group, Regensburg, Germany, Strategic Planning – Expert in fuel cell technology and from 1997, additionally: Assistant to the Group Executive Management.
– Process and Information Management – Head of Central Quality and Internal Consulting.
– Integration of VDO into Siemens VDO Automotive AG – Head of Strategy and Consulting.
– Head of Infotainment Solutions Division. 2005: Siemens VDO Automotive Asia Pacific Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China – President and CEO.
– Transportation Systems Group, Erlangen, Germany – Head of Mass Transit Division.
– Corporate Development Department, Munich, Germany – Head of Corporate Strategies.
– Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG .
Dr. Anna Elisabeth Prinz is the German Ambassador to Australia. She took up her posting in Canberra in mid-2016, having previously served as the German Ambassador to Slovenia and Deputy Ambassador to Japan. Throughout the three decades of her diplomatic career Anna has held various postings in Europe, Asia and the Asia-Pacific region – including in Jakarta and Colombo.
Anna was awarded a doctorate in politics at Göttingen University in Germany in 1984 and she also holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Harvard (Kennedy School, 1986). During her time at the German Foreign Office headquarters, Anna held various positions such as Deputy Head of the task force on EU enlargement, Media Commissioner and Ambassador for Science Policy. In her current function as German Ambassador to Australia, she places a strong focus on strengthening ties in the fields of innovation, Industry 4.0, start-ups and scientific cooperation.
Lynette Wood is Australia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with non-resident accreditation to the Swiss Confederation (Switzerland) and the Principality of Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein). She is based at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
Previously, she was the First Assistant Secretary, International Division at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she was responsible for providing advice to the Prime Minister on Australia’s foreign, trade and strategic policy.
Ms Wood joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1994. She has previously been posted to Germany (Bonn) and Canada (Ottawa), and has worked on Middle East, ASEAN, and Indonesia policy.
Prior to joining DFAT, Ms Wood lived and worked in Japan.
Dr Ulrich Sante joined the German Foreign Service in 1989.
Before his appointment as the German Ambassador to Singapore, Dr Sante was the Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to NATO in Brussels. He has served, among others, at the German Embassies in Madrid, Washington D.C., Vilnius, and Asuncion as well as the German EU Representation in Brussels. Dr Sante also previously headed the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO)’s Division of Common Security and Defence Policy. Dr Sante studied law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn.
He is married to Christina Sante. They have four children.
Dr Hans Carl von Werthern, German Ambassador to Japan since March 2014, was born in 1953. He is married with three daughters. He holds a diploma and PhD in Economics from Mainz University and an MA in International Relations from King’s College, London.
He entered the German Foreign Office in 1984 and has had postings to Hanoi (Vietnam, 1987-1990), Brussels (NATO, 1990-1992), Asunción (Paraguay, 1994-1997) and Beijing (China, 2007-2010). He was also seconded to the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg (1986-1987), to the Liberal Party Group in the German National Parliament as European Policy Adviser (2000-2002) and to the Royal College of Defence Studies, London (2003).
In the Foreign Office, he served as Deputy Head of the Training Division for Diplomats (1992-1994), as Deputy Director for Western Europe (1997-2000), as Head of Task Force ‘Germany in Japan 2005/2006’ (2004-2005), as East Asia Director (2005-2007), as Deputy Director General in charge of Personnel (2010-2011), and before coming to Japan, as Director General Central Services (2011-2014).
David Speers is Political Editor at SKY NEWS and anchor of agenda-setting political programs PM Agenda and Speers Tonight on SKY NEWS LIVE.
David is one of Australia’s most respected political journalists and interviewers, leading the SKY NEWS Walkley and Logie award-winning political news coverage.
David joined SKY NEWS as Political Editor in 2000 and has seen the channel grow to become the unrivalled destination for political and national affairs coverage in Australia.
He has been chosen to host Leaders’ debates and forums at the last five federal elections and has covered the last four Presidential elections in the United States.
Between elections David is one of the busiest and best connected correspondents in Canberra.
He has interviewed numerous world leaders, including US President George W. Bush at the White House and travelled extensively reporting from China, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia and Europe.
In 2014 David was awarded Australia’s highest journalism honour, a Walkley Award for his global headline-making What Is Metadata interview with the Australian Attorney General. He received his second Walkley award in 2015 for his The Fixer interview featuring then Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne. In 2016 David and the SKY NEWS Political team were recognised with a Walkley and TV Week Logie award for the team’s outstanding coverage of the federal election.
David is also the recipient of the 2016 Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Political Reporting and the winner of more than 10 ASTRA Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism.
David served as President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery from 2012 – 2016. He has also served as a Director of the National Press Club since 2005.
From 2004 to 2016 Werner Steinmüller was Head of Global Transaction Banking. In this role he was responsible for leading Deutsche Bank’s global efforts in Trade Finance, Cash Management, Institutional Cash and Securities Services and had additional co-responsibilities for the commercial banking business in Germany.
From 2003 to 2004 he was Chief Operating Officer for the Bank’s Global Transaction Banking, from 1998 to 2003 he was Head of Global Banking Division Europe, and from 1996 to 1998 he was Co-Head of Corporate Finance Germany.
Werner Steinmüller joined Deutsche Bank from Citibank in 1991 and was responsible for the origination of investment banking products and for the execution of ECM transactions. He served as Head of Corporate Relationship Management for Continental Europe and prior to this he was Co-head of the Investment Banking Division for Germany.
Werner Steinmüller is chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Postbank AG and was the Chair of BAFT’s Transaction Banking Global Leaders Group.
Werner Steinmüller studied at the University of Darmstadt and holds a master degree in mechanical engineering and business administration.
Justin Wood joined the World Economic Forum in Geneva in 2015 and is responsible for the Forum’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Before joining the Forum, he worked for The Economist Group in South-east Asia for 14 years. For eight of those years Justin ran an economic advisory and research service covering the Asia region. His clients were governments and companies from around the world with deep interest in the region. His work focused on economic development, cross-border trade and investment, and business strategy. Before running the advisory business, he worked as a journalist, covering economics and business across Asia. In total, Justin has lived and worked in the Asia-Pacific region for a total of 24 years, including in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.
Justin is a graduate of the London School of Economics (1992) and has completed post-graduate studies in corporate finance at London Business School (2000). Justin is the author of several books, including The Economist’s Guide to Emerging Markets (non-fiction) and Once Upon a Timepiece (fiction), and is a frequent commentator on TV and in the press. He is married with three children.
David Singleton is the Chief Executive Officer of Austal, the world’s largest aluminium shipbuilder and Australia’s biggest defence exporter employing over 5000 people around the world. Prior to the appointment to Austal, David was the CEO of Poseidon Nickel and Clough Limited both based in Western Australia.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2003, David was the Group Head of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions for BAE Systems based in London. Mr Singleton spent three years as the CEO of Alenia Marconi Systems and was based in Rome. Mr Singleton has served as a member of the National Defence Industries Council in the UK, and as a Board member and VP of Defence for Intellect. He has held Directorships with Quickstep Holdings, which is a technology-based carbon fibre manufacturer to the Defence and Aerospace industry and also Austal, where he is now the CEO and MD. Mr Singleton has international business experience in senior executive roles in Europe, USA and Australia and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London.
Clas Neumann is responsible for strategy and operations for the SAP Labs Network (SLN) – SAP’s global network of research and development centres. Under Neumann’s leadership, the SLN has grown to 19 R&D centers located in 16 countries worldwide. The largest of those are in Brazil, China, India and the USA. Long-standing relationships with co-innovation partners in key markets enable the SAP to deliver best-of-breed solutions to its worldwide customer base. SAP’s presence in the world’s innovation hubs also puts it in a unique position to draw on the best talent in enterprise software. SAP Labs are often ranked among the best employers.
In his second role, as the head of SAP’s fast-growth markets, Neumann leads the orchestration of investments and cross-organisation strategy to grow SAP’s business in emerging and fast growing markets such as China, the Middle East and Latin America. Neumann’s strategically-integrated role supports two important SAP objectives: enabling SAP to directly tap the innovations by more than 8,000 fast growth market Labs developers worldwide, and driving integrated business plans to develop SAP’s long-term success in the fastest growing regions in the world – with a strong focus on the digital economy.
As a member of SAP’s Senior Executive Team, Neumann has over two decades of experience in fast growth markets, with more than 15 years in India and China, where he was instrumental in SAP’s entry into China. Neumann was also heading the SAP Labs Brazil for a short time span. Neumann has led the Global SAP Labs Network since 2009. Prior to this, he was President of SAP Labs India and held in addition the responsibility as Senior Vice President, Software Development with engineering teams across the globe.
Mr. Neumann is recognised for his business achievements in Asia, evident through his many membership in high-level business circles and associations. He serves as a spokesperson in the Asia Pacific Association of German Industries (APA), a board member in the East Asian Association (OAV). He also participated in multiple high-ranking business delegations to Latin America, representing SAP in the delegation of Foreign Minister Steinmeier to Brazil, Argentina and Mexico in 2015 and 2016.
In 2014 Neumann was named ‚IT Thought Leader‘ in China for his achievements in the area of smart manufacturing. He has co-authored several books and articles on innovation and business practice in emerging markets.
Neumann holds a Diploma of the University of Applied Science in Ludwigshafen and a MBA degree from INSEAD, Fontainbleau and Singapore.
Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.
Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.
Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia.
Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.
Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.
The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.
Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011,bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.
For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.
From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. During her time at KPMG, Jennifer advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments around Australia on major reform priorities.
Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians, global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation.
Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013,which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales,where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.
Grant King was elected President of the Business Council of Australia in November 2016. He was a member of the Business Council Board from November 2011 until November 2015 and chaired the Business Council’s Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth Committee from 2010 to 2015.
Grant has extensive experience in the Australian energy industry. He was Managing Director of Origin Energy Limited from February 2000 until November 2016. He was formerly General Manager, AGL Gas Companies where he held a number of management positions over a 17 year period.
He is former Director of Envestra Limited and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited (APPEA). He is former Chairman of Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa), Oil Company of Australia and Contact Energy Limited.
He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since March 2017, Grant has been a Director of BHP.
Mr Lange has a very influential role as chair of the Committee on International Trade (INTA). Mr Lange has been influential within the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in shaping policy on the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in TTIP and other EU FTAs. Mr Lange believes Human Rights clauses in trade agreements should be binding. He has released a paper in June 2017 calling for a reform of the TSD chapters in EU trade agreements and recommending the establishment of a sanctions-based mechanism in particular.
Reflecting his Lower Saxony constituency, Lange has an interest in the automotive industry. He is co-founder and co-chairman of the Forum for the Automobile and Society in Brussels and a member of the advisory board of the Auto Club Europa.
Ralf Kersting was born in Olsberg (North Rhine-Westphalia) on 16 December 1965. After attending grammar school in Meschede, Ralf Kersting began his training as an industrial clerk at the Hagen Batterie AG in Soest in 1986. Three years later, he began his studies of Communication Science with an emphasis on Marketing at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster.
Following his graduation, Mr. Kersting started his career at the Mercedes Benz AG in the sales department, where he worked for two years. In 1996, Mr. Kersting was appointed Authorized Representative and member of the Executive Board of the Olsberg GmbH, a 430-year old family-run company in the fields of metal processing and iron foundry. Four years later, he became Managing Partner of the Olsberg GmbH.
His honorary functions include, inter alia, a membership of the Executive Board of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in Berlin since March 2013 and his presidency of the Chamber of Commerce in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) since November 2014. In addition, Mr. Kersting is a member of the ‘SME advisory committee’ of the Regional Government of North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 2008, Mr Kersting is President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Arnsberg (NRW). Mr. Kersting is married and has three children.
Dr Jens Goennemann joined AMGC Ltd in 2016 where he brings extensive experience managing large manufacturing operations in Australia and Europe. In previous roles, he served as Managing Director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Airbus Helicopters. Before his seven-year appointment to Australia, Jens spent six years in Germany with the former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), today known as Airbus Group. He was Head of the CEO’s office in Germany, and before that was in charge of Soldier and Parafoil Systems within the Defence Division. Previously, he spent two years in Athens, where he established and managed the Eurofighter Office of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, one of the three founding partner companies of EADS. He began his career with Daimler-Benz AG in January 1996.
Dr Goennenmann has a PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and a Bachelor of Business from Hamburg School of Business Administration. He is a board member of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce to foster the business relationships between both countries. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As an avid skydiver, Jens enjoys jumping out of perfectly good aeroplanes which earned him multiple national skydiving titles in Germany and Australia as well as a world record. He is a triple Australian skydiving champion and was among 213 German skydivers who leapt into history 18,000ft above the Arizona desert to break a world record in October 2014.
Brett joined IFM Investors in April 2010 as Chief Executive. Brett is responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s strategy and the delivery of strong results for IFM Investors’ clients, shareholders and staff.
Brett’s experience spans over 30 years in financial services; he has held a range of leadership roles across funds management and financial planning. With this diversity of experience, Brett has brought a strong track record and unique insights to IFM Investors.
Brett is a member of the IFM Group Risk Committee. He is a director of IFM Investors (Japan), LLC, IFM Investors (US), LLC, IFM Investors (US) Advisor, LLC, IFM Global Infrastructure (US) GP, LLC, IFM Investors (UK) Ltd and IFM Global Infrastructure (UK) GP Limited.
Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Malcolm Turnbull. He is a regular television commentator on the Sky News program, Australian Agenda. He is the author of nine books including the End of Certainty on the politics and economics of the 1980s, Triumph and Demise on the Rudd-Gillard era and The March of Patriots, providing a re-interpretation of Paul Keating and John Howard in office. Paul holds a Doctor of Letters from Melbourne University and in 2010 he was a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Paul is a long-standing participant in the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue. He has been a Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Menzies Centre, King’s College London.
Peter has worked at senior levels in the Australian Public Service on defence and national security. Career highlights include being Deputy Secretary for Strategy in the Defence Department (2009-12); Chief of Staff to the Minister for Defence (1996-98) and Senior Adviser for Strategic Policy to the Prime Minister (2002-03).
Since May 2012 Peter has expanded ASPI’s role from its original high-quality research on defence to include research on cyber security; policing and international law enforcement, border security, national resilience and counter terrorism studies. Now with around 40 staff and close working relations with Government, Parliament and industry, ASPI is Australia’s leading think-tank on national security.
Peter’s research interests include Australian and regional defence policies, military operations, crisis management, government decision making and future defence capabilities.
Peter led the ‘External Expert Panel’ appointed by Government in early 2014 to advise Ministers and the Defence Department on the Defence White Paper, released in February 2016. Peter is a member of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, appointed by the Prime Minister and German Chancellor in 2015 to develop closer bilateral relations. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations advising the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Peter has previously held a number Senior Executive Service positions in Defence including First Assistant Secretary International Policy Division, First Assistant Secretary Coordination and Public Affairs and Secretary of the Defence Audit and Risk Committee.
Peter was Director of Programs at ASPI between late 2003 and January 2006 and has taught postgraduate studies on terrorism at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).
In the Defence Department, Peter has been the Deputy Director of the then titled Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (2002) and head of the Strategic Policy Branch (1998–1999). In late 1999 Peter was co-director of the East Timor Policy Unit, responsible for developing Australia’s policy approaches to the international peacekeeping operation in East Timor. Following that, as an acting First Assistant Secretary, Peter was closely involved in developing the 2000 Defence White Paper.
Peter studied at the London Business School in 2000–2001 as a Sloan Fellow and was awarded a Masters of Science (Management) with Distinction. He has a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the Australian National University (1987) and a BA (Honours) in History from the University of Tasmania (1980–1984). He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1985). Peter taught politics and international relations at the University of New South Wales/ADFA (1987–1990).
Peter was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2013 Honors list for outstanding public service through the development of Australia’s strategic and defence policy, particularly in the areas of Australian Defence Force operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. In February 2016 Peter was awarded the French decoration of Knight in the National Order of Legion d’Honneur.
Gareth Evans was appointed CEO Qantas International & Freight in March 2015.
Mr Evans was the Chief Financial Officer of the Qantas Group from March 2010 to February 2015.
As Chief Financial Officer his portfolio included Finance, Strategy, Treasury, IT, Procurement (including Fleet), Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions and the Group’s Business Transformation Program.
Prior to March 2010, Mr Evans’s roles with Qantas covered many areas, including a number of senior financial roles within the Group: commercial and business analytics and the implementation of major business change initiatives; scheduling of the international and domestic network; ticket pricing, revenue management and airline operations on the day; as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.
Prior to joining the Qantas Group in 1999, Mr Evans held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Elizabeth joined the AICD Board in March 2014 and was appointed Chairman in December 2015. Elizabeth is Chairman of Nestle Australia and the Bank of Melbourne. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council and a member of the ASIC Directors’ Advisory Panel and the Victoria Police Corporate Advisory Group.
In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.
Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at the ANZ Banking Group, in local, State and Federal Government, and in BP Australia and BP International. She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department. She was also CEO of the City of Melbourne.
Peter van Onselen is Anchor of PVO NewsDay and Sunday Agenda and Co-anchor of To the Point on SKY NEWS LIVE. Peter is also Contributing Editor at The Australian newspaper and a professor of politics at the University of Western Australia. Prior to joining The Australian and SKY NEWS in 2009, Peter was an associate professor at Edith Cowan University and wrote a regular column for The Bulletin magazine. Peter studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New South Wales, graduating with first-class honours in Political Science and a Masters in Policy Studies (with Distinction). He then furthered his academic studies at the University of Western Australia where he was awarded his PhD in Political Science. He has also completed a Master of Commerce (with Distinction). Peter is also an accomplished author and has written and edited five books. John Winston Howard (with Dr Wayne Errington) was rated by the Wall Street Journal Asia as the best biography of 2007. His most recent book is The Turnbull Gamble (published by Melbourne University Press).
Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author. He is presently a professor of strategic studies at the independent Center for Policy Research in New Delhi; a trustee of the National Book Trust; and an affiliate with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. He has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the foreign minister of India.
As a specialist on international strategic issues, he held appointments at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and the Australian National University.
His scholarly essays have been published in numerous journals, including International Security, Orbis, Survival, Terrorism, Washington Quarterly, and Nature. He is the author of nine books, including an international bestseller, Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India, and Japan (New York: Harper Paperbacks, 2010).
His latest books focus on the geopolitics of natural resources, especially water: the recently released Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield); and Water: Asia’s New Battleground (Georgetown University Press), the winner of the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award.
In addition to being a strategic thinker and author, he is a columnist and commentator, including for Project Syndicate. His opinion articles appear in the Nikkie Asian Review, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Times of India, Mint, Japan Times, La Vanguardia, South China Morning Post, and other important newspapers. And he has often appeared on CNN and BBC, among others.
Senator Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her State of West Australia. She has over 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer, serving in a wide range of part and full time appointments. She also has corporate experience.
Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).
Senator Reynolds is a member of nine Parliamentary committees and is Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications, and the Defence Sub-Committee. She also chairs the Australia-Indonesia parliamentary friendship group and co-chairs the Defence Friendship Group. Senator Reynolds is pursuing new defence industry opportunities in WA, Innovation, gender equality and federation reform.
Professor Dr. Joachim Krause is director of the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel (ISPK) and chairman of the Foundation “Wissenschaft und Demokratie”. He is editor in chief of the only German language journal for strategic studies – SIRIUS. He was professor for International Relations at the Christian-Albrechts-University at Kiel (Germany) from 2001 to 2016.
A political scientist from education, he started his career at the Research Institute for International and Strategic Studies of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Ebenhausen near Munich. He later became Deputy Director of the Research Institute of the German Society for Foreign Affairs (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik) in Bonn and in Berlin. He was a research fellow at the Institute for East-West Security Studies in New York in the 1980s and spent the Academic year 2002/2003 as Steven Muller Chair of German Studies at the Bologna Center of the Paul-H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He was member of the German delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in 1988 and 1989 and consultant to UNSCOM in 1991. He has written or edited more than 40 books and more than 200 articles in journals and scholarly books, among them Iran’s Nuclear Programme (2012), Afghanistan, Pakistan and Strategic Change (2014), and the Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy (2016). In 2014, he published an article in International Affairs with the title ‘Assessing the Danger of War: Parallels and Differences between Europe in 1914 and East Asia in 2014’.
Rod has over 35 years’ experience in educational administration and has held a number of senior administrative positions within the Government and the private education sectors. His background covers both secondary and university education in Australia.
Rod has been involved in international education since 1987 and is recognised as one of the leaders in the successful establishment of the sector in Australia. He is one of the co-founders of Navitas and has been instrumental in the expansion and development of the Navitas model into the various markets in which it now operates. In April 2007, he received an honorary Doctor of Education from Edith Cowan University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the international education sector both in Australia and overseas, and was the 2008 Australian Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 2010, Rod was recognised by his colleagues with an International Education Excellence Award from the International Education Association of Australia for his leadership in the field of international education.
Girish Ramachandran is President, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Asia Pacific, responsible for business operations in 12 countries in the regions of Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China and Korea. He is based in Singapore, the Headquarters of TCS Asia Pacific, where he oversees over 25,000 employees covering the region.
Girish joined TCS in 1994 and has held a number of key portfolios in the organisation. Prior to TCS Asia Pacific, he served as Corporate Vice President in the CEO’s office at TCS House in Mumbai, where he was responsible for global strategic business initiatives. Before that, he was Head of TCS Europe (nine years), and TCS Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean (two years), where he grew the business multifold and was instrumental in developing many key customer relationships with leading global brands. Other roles have included Head of TCS Business Intelligence Practice worldwide, as well as Executive Sponsor of numerous global customer relationships. Girish serves on a number of executive boards, including at the Europe-India Institute and International Business Foundation Amsterdam, Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries’ Benelux chapter, and is a board member of Kooh Sports.
Girish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, and a Master’s degree in Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is a recipient of the Frans Banninck Cocq Medal from the Mayor of Amsterdam. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities across Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Girish is based in Singapore with his wife Rupa and son Akshaj, where he is an avid sports lover and long distance runner.
Dr. May-Britt U. Stumbaum is Director of the NFG Research Group ‚Asian Perceptions of the EU‘ at the Free University of Berlin, and Team Leader of the EU’s Asia Pacific and Research Network (#APRAN) by Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Chatham House and Clingendael. #APRAN provides tailormade briefings by Asian experts for EU policy-makers.
She previously served as Executive Director of the China and Global Security Program at SIPRI, Fritz Thyssen Fellow at WCFIA Harvard, and in senior positions at the German Council on Foreign Relations and at Berlin Partner. Bridging policy and academia, Dr. Stumbaum worked at renowned think tanks in Europe, the United States and Asia (CHN, TWN, AUS, NZL), the EU Delegation to China, and at the German Ministry of Defense as a Reserve Officer in the political unit. She is Editor of the Blog The SPEAR – Security and Politics in Europe-Asia Relations and Associate Editor of European Geostrategy Blog. She is the co-founder and former president of Women in International Security Deutschland (WIIS.de), served as the first female President of the Tönissteiner Kreis e.V. and is a full member at the CSCAP EU Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific.
Dr. Stumbaum graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc) and the Free University Berlin (PhD). She frequently comments in the media (CNN, Al-Jazeera, N24, and others) and testified before the U.S. Congress’ U.S.-China Economic and Security Committee on EU-China security in 2012.
Martin Herrenknecht (born in Lahr, Germany on June 24, 1942) is founder and Chairman of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG. After earning a Professional Engineer Degree, he took jobs in Switzerland, Canada and Germany, designing road machinery and managing work sites. In 1975, he founded an Engineering Service Company, and in 1977 the Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems GmbH (transformed to AG in 1998). Martin Herrenknecht has received many honours, including an honorary doctorate (Dr.-Ing. E. h.) from the Carolo-Wilhelmina Technical University in Braunschweig (Brunswick), entry into the Handelsblatt Hall of Fame for German Entrepreneurship and the German Founders Award in 2013. In December 2015, he was presented with the Werner von Siemens Ring – one of the most prestigious technical engineering awards.
Helge Neumann is Executive Manager Business Development at WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH, the developing and operating company of the Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof. His responsibility includes:
1993-2011: Dr. Neumann set up and led the Office for International Cooperation at WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH, with a focus on supporting Adlershof’s innovative companies in international networking, opening international markets -attracting foreign companies to the German Capital region and in particular to Berlin-Adlershof Science Park as well as opening international markets for Adlershof companies.Helge Neumann was partner or lead partner inmany National and European projectsfor innovation management, infrastructure development for innovative regions, supply chain managementand technology transfer, regional economic development.
1992-1993: visiting Scientist at EU-Commission, Brussels, General Direction Research.
1990-1992: KAI-AdW(Coordination and Structuring Office for the institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the former GDR)–Member of the starting team for concept development, planning and implementation of the Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof.
Up to 1990: Department of Physicsat Campus Adlershof –Scientific co-worker in the former GDR’s Academy of Sciences
1988: He received Ph.D. in Political Sciences
1970 –1975: Helge Neumann studied Biophysics at the University of Kiev, USSR
1975: He received his diploma in Biophysics
Olaf-Alexander Wiedemann is the Regional Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific for NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale with office in Singapore since 2012. He holds the responsibility of the Asia Pacific region’s overall strategic business development including the management of both Singapore and Shanghai Branch.
Born in 1971 in Hannover, Germany, Mr. Wiedemann graduated in the studies of Law and International Affairs. He started his career with Legal Practice in 1999 and was an Attorney with a Law Firm in Hannover from 2001 until 2002.
Mr. Wiedemann joined NORD/LB in 2002 focusing on Structured Finance Financial Engineering and was appointed Head of Strategic Development, Structured Finance in 2006. He became Head of Industrial Projects, Europe from 2007 until 2010 before moving to Singapore as Head of Structured Finance Origination, Asia Pacific from 2011 until 2012.
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Michael Gross is Managing Director and shareholder of the VC-Point GmbH and the Technologie- und InnovationsConsult GmbH, which belongs to the VC-Point Group.
After receiving his doctorate in economics from Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany, Michael held middle-management position in large and medium-sized enterprises. From 1991 on, he worked on the establishment of the first EU-funded technology and start-up centre (BIC, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany), in the states of the former East Germany and on raising the first seed fund of the New Länder. From 1993 to 2010, he was in charge of establishing, raising and managing six venture capital funds in the fields of early stage and first expansion. During this time period, he therefore was responsible for venture-capital investments in more than 120 small and medium-sized businesses.
He has also served on the supervisory board of the Stemme AG and of a Berlin-based software enterprise. In addition to that, he worked as investors’ representative in several technology enterprises and has wide experience in management consultancy.
From 2003 to 2007, he served on the board of The German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK).
In 1999, Michael Gross was appointed honorary professor of the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Wildau, Germany. Furthermore, he is a founding member and chairman of the Venture iNNstitute (Institut für Venture Capital, Business Development and Innovation e.V.), which was founded in 2013.
Mr. Paul S D’Urso is a consultant neurosurgeon and the founder of Anatomics Pty. Ltd. Based in Melbourne Australia, Mr D’Urso’s unique experience in surgery, research, clinical teaching, commercialisation and medico-legal opinion has made him an internationally recognised neurosurgeon, scientist and innovator.
Mr. Paul S D’Urso is Australian born and educated. He graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School with honors in 1988. Mr. D’Urso completed neurosurgical training and invented the technology of BioModelling with groundbreaking PhD research. Mr. D’Urso went on to found Anatomics one of the worlds most innovative medical device companies that exports life changing prosthetics to over 40 countries.
Mr. D’Urso completed a fellowship at the Cambridge University Academic Neurosurgery unit and a clerkship at Harvard University. Mr. D’Urso has published and presented over 130 scientific papers and holds multiple international patents. He has won over 25 prestigious research awards and prizes.
Nev Power, Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (Fortescue) leads one of the world’s largest, lowest cost producers of iron ore, recognised for its unique culture, innovation and world class infrastructure and mining assets in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
Since his appointment in July 2011, Fortescue has more than quadrupled its production to over 170 million tonnes per annum and through an unwavering focus on productivity and efficiency has positioned itself as the lowest cost supplier of seaborne iron ore to China. In FY17, Fortescue generated revenue of approximately US$ 8.4 billion.
Nev leads Fortescue’s strong values based culture, its commitment to safety excellence, to improving diversity and to ensuring that the company’s success helps build strong and sustainable communities. Fortescue and its contractors employ 1,250 Aboriginal people, 15.8 per cent of the workforce and through its Billion Opportunities program has awarded close to A$2 billion in contracts to Aboriginal businesses.
Nev became a White Ribbon Ambassador in 2015 to influence, educate and show leadership on the issue of family and domestic violence in workplaces and the wider community and in 2016, he was named WA Business Leader of the Year.
Prior to joining Fortescue, Nev held Chief Executive positions at Thiess and the Smorgon Steel Group adding to his extensive background in the mining, steel and construction industries.
Nev also has a long history in agribusiness and aviation holding both fixed wing and helicopter commercial pilot licenses. He is a passionate advocate for the development of northern Australia and for its communities to reach their full potential.
Nev sits on the Fortescue Board as Managing Director; is a Fellow of both Engineers Australia and The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the International Advisory Board for Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat’sen University, China. He is an INSEAD graduate, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration.
Nev was raised on a grazing property in western Queensland and continues to run the family cattle business. He is married with three adult sons.
Dr Beatrice Gorawantschy holds a PhD in political science from the Saar University, Germany. She has been with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation since 1992. After being posted to Ankara, Turkey (1993-94), she served as resident representative of KAS Manila, Philippines from 1995 to 1998 and thereafter as desk officer for South Asia, Southeast Asia, Turkey and Iran at KAS Headquarters in Germany from 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2005, she served as resident representative of the KAS Office in Bangkok, Thailand. This was followed by a four-year term as director of the Paris office where she was responsible for France, Italy, the Vatican and Spain. From 2009 to 2012 she was resident representative of KAS’s India office. From 2012 to 2015, she was Director of the Team Asia and the Pacific at Headquarters in Berlin, and from 2015 to 2017 she headed the Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia and the Pacific, based in Singapore. In March 2017, the new Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific, based in Canberra, was established under her directorship.
Professor L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014. Prior to moving to Australia, he spent nearly 25 years in Washington D.C. in positions including; Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.
Mr. Flake is the author of MIKTA: The Search for a Strategic Rationale(Perth USAsia Centre 2017) He is also editor of the companion volumes One Step Back? Reassessing and Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025 (Mansfield Foundation, March 2011) and Toward an Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025 (Mansfield Foundation, September 2010) co-editorwith Park Roh-byug of the bookNew Political Realities in Seoul: Working toward a Common Approach to Strengthen U.S.-Korean Relations (Mansfield Foundation, March 2008) and co-editor with Scott Snyder of the book Paved with Good Intentions: the NGO Experience in North Korea (Praeger, 2003). He has authored numerous book chapters on policy issues in Asia and is a regular contributor to the press on Asia issues. He serves on the Board of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) as co-Chair of the Board of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America, and on the International Advisory Board of the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University.
Mr. Flake was born in Rehoboth, New Mexico. He received his BA degree in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University inProvo, Utah. He completed his MA at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, also at B.Y.U.
Richard is a technologist, advisor and mentor, with expertise in creating high-growth digital businesses.
He has a broad range of general management and advisory experience, but specialises in accelerating sales and marketing outcomes for business across the globe. Richard has demonstrated expertise in strategy and planning, large-scale transformation design, sales and marketing operations, as well as market development for global organisations.
In his leadership roles with EY, Google and Accenture, he has successfully negotiated complex transformation partnerships, global licensing sales, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, distribution agreements and outsourcing contracts. In the process, he has established and led teams from individual start-up to large-scale delivery organisations.
Richard is a dynamic and innovative leader. Outside his role as a Partner at EY, he is a Board Member of Cricket Wellington. Richard is also the co-founder of a technology investment company, and advises a number of technology start-ups. He is a member of the KEA World Class NZ Network.
Michael Anghie is EY’s Managing Partner for Oceania Markets. As Markets Leader for EY, he is responsible for the firm’s “Go to Market” strategy across Australia, New Zealand, PNG and Fiji.
In addition, he is the Asia Pacific Middle Market leader where he leads the firm across AsiaPacific in their focus entrepreneurship, private equity, venture capital, strategic transactions, family business, trade flows and innovation.
Michael is passionate and committed to fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem in not only Western Australia but the broader Asia Pacific region and continues to be a dedicated supporter of EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Michael was instrumental in launching EY’s Accelerating Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Winning Women programs in the Asia Pacific region. These programs continue to be extremely successful in supporting entrepreneurs to scale their businesses globally.
Since 2010 Michael has also been the Managing Partner for EY in the Perth, where EY is the market leading professional services firm.
His professional background is in Mergers & Acquisitions and he was appointed a Partner in 2000. He continues to lead transactions across multiple sectors including consumer products, technology, healthcare and the resources sector utilising his cross-border and industry expertise.
Michael has been involved in a number of community bodies over the years. Currently he is the Chair of Celebrate WA, a Non-Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, a Member of CEOs for Gender Equity in WA and an Ambassador for The New Colombo Plan.
Education and Career
Jörg Migende studied Agricultural Science at the Technische Universtität München. He has been working for BayWa AG since 1998. From 1998 to 2014, he focused on agricultural machinery sales and services and held several management positions – in the last period as the deputy head of this business unit. In 2015, he was appointed to start with a new business unit, ‚Digital Farming‘ (Smart Farming and eBusiness). Since 2017, he has been responsible for ICT and Digitlisation for the whole company.
BayWa is a leading international trading and services group with activities focused on the core segments of agriculture, energy and building materials. BayWa is based in Munich and operates in 40 countries. The annual turnover was 15.4 billion Euros in 2016.
Mission of the Business Unit ‚Digital Farming‘
Smart Farming: BayWa acts as the ‚Smart Farming Enabler‘ for its customers. Smart Farming helps the farmers to optimise costs and yields, reduce red-tape paperwork, and reducing the negative effects of farming on the environment.
eBusiness: BayWa offers its customers advisory services, high-quality products and state-of-the-art business processes to help them to optimise their businesses.
Dieter Michell-Auli, born in 1968, studied Mechanical & Production Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. After his graduation in 1993, he held different managerial positions in Germany and China for Siemens AG’s Automation and Mobility Divisions.
In 2009, he joined the Deutsche Bahn AG as Division Director for Signalling, Telecoms and Electrification, in charge for Technology and Procurement. In 2011 he took over a new responsibility in the Board of Directors of DB International GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG, where he was in charge for DB I’s International Business. 2016 DB International became DB Engineering & Consulting. In March 2017 he became Chief Sales Officer.
DB Engineering & Consulting offers the expertise of Deutsche Bahn AG, starting from feasibility studies through design and construction until operation and maintenance of railway and logistic systems. The company consults and supports international clients and develops innovative and economic green solutions for mobility and transportation services.
BE (Hons) (UNSW), MComm (UNSW)
Greg joined Cochlear in 2007 with 20 years of experience in supply chain management and operations consulting positions across industrial equipment manufacturing and financial service industries in Australia.
At Cochlear Limited his responsiblities include new product industrialisation, global procurement, manufacturing and logistics, global warranty and repair and the global property portfolio.
PhD, Hannover Medical School; trained as a Medical Specialist and as a Medical Officer, Bundeswehr. Several years as Parliamentary Group Chairman and Minister of Economics, Labour and Transport of the state of Lower Saxony. Until May 2011, Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany. Former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, and Federal Chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Currently, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum.
Kristina Sinemus was born on 16 September 1963 in Darmstadt and also lives in Darmstadt. She is married and has two children.
In 1998, she founded Genius Wissenschafts- und Kommunikations GmbH as the managing partner. In 2011, she was appointed professor at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. She worked and researched there in the Politics and Public Affairs Department on topics such as participation and risk communication. Since May 2014, the entrepreneur has been president of the Darmstadt CCI and so is the first woman to head a chamber of commerce and industry in Hesse. She previously served on the Darmstadt CCI’s Location Marketing Committee for many years as vice president.
Darmstadt Rhine Main Neckar CCI
Darmstadt Rhine Main Neckar CCI is the second largest CCI in Hesse with over 70,000 member companies. The region represented by the CCI comprises the southern part of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan area. It is one of the most prospering company locations in Germany with an outstanding infrastructure and quality of living – and a highly qualified technical workforce. It is in the top group of Europe’s high growth regions. Its focus is on Darmstadt as an engineering and science-oriented city.
The export rate of the regional firms lies at over 60 percent, significantly exceeding the German average. With expenditures of 6.5 % of GDP for research and development, the region is one of the strongest research-oriented areas in Europe. Special strengths lie in the automotive, automation, chemicals/pharmaceuticals and IT/software fields. The region is, for example, the most important European location for business software and IT security.
Together with the neighbouring Rhine Neckar CCI and the CCI for the Palatine, Darmstadt Rhine Main Neckar CCI maintains a committee on Foreign Affairs.
David has been Chairman and Managing Director of BASF Australia and New Zealand since July 2016.
Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Functions for Australia and New Zealand. This role included the sub-regional management of Finance, Tax, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Procurement, Real Estate and Information Management, as well as the country management operations of New Zealand.
Prior to BASF in 1999, David held a number of roles in a world-leading Australian subsidiary of a UK glass manufacturing business, including manufacturing management, strategy, business re-engineering, systems design and implementation.
David is a graduate of Monash University with bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Science (Applied Mathematics). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and is a graduate member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.
David is a Board Member of Chemistry Australia, member of the Australian Industry Group and CEO Forum and Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
He is married and has three children.
Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in NSW. Building on his background in economics,Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the front bench after the 2016 Federal election.
Angus’ portfolios stretch acrossthe whole of government to improve city liveability and tackle long standing issues of traffic congestion, housing affordability and the need to create jobs closer to where people live. He has a focus on regional cities and outer suburban cities.With a passion for cutting edge technology and the benefits for citizens of the digital age, Angus authored an essay The Promise of Digital Government, which was published by the Menzies Research Centre in 2016. He has gained a reputation amongst his constituents as a keen problem solver, focusing in his electorate on growth opportunities for regional communities and improving telecommunications.
Prior to entering parliament in 2013 Angus was a Director at Port Jackson Partners where he was a strategy and business advisor on the resources, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this he was a partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Angus has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours and University Medal) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. He also has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His thesis was in the field of competition policy.In his private capacity Angus has founded or advised a number of small, fast growing start-up businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector. He lives at Goulburn with his wife Louise and their four children.
Mat Regan has worked with CBH Group for 15 years, leading teams in the IT and Grain Quality areas, most recently in the role of Grain Quality Manager, where he led the implementation of Quality Optimisation and Supply Chain Optimisation.
Mat was appointed General Manager Corporate Services in May 2014 and is responsible for the Human Resources, Organisational Development and Shared Services portfolios.
He holds a Master of Information Business Management from the University of Western Australia, a Bachelor Science (Computer Science) from Edith Cowan University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Currently based in Canberra, Sarah joined the EY family in the UK over ten years ago into our Government and Public Sector Transactions Advisory Services. Sarah has a strong focus on Human Services, and is passionate about maximising innovation inservice delivery to drive better outcomes for our clients, our communities and our citizens. She has been involved in a variety of large complex service and asset transactions for both private and public sector teams from planning through to execution.
Sarah is also the Oceania Innovation leader. She represents the region at the global level to design and implement innovation initiatives. These initiatives have included those externally supporting our clients navigate change, to internally to driving a culture of curiosity and enablement.
‘Diversity and Inclusion’ is an important topic for Sarah, and she strongly believes that a key component of innovation is building on strength through difference. To act on this commitment to D&I, Sarah is part of the EY National D&I Committee, a supporter of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women and EY Women in Corporate Finance, and a supporter of the Australian National University Women in STEM.
Sarah is a member of an ACT Community Housing Provider as well as being a member of the Property Council ACT Urban Renewal Committee.
After a 20-year international career with Bayer CropScience, Richard returned to Australia in 2009 to lead technology scouting and sustainability strategy development. Since July 2016, Richard has been responsible for Public and Government Affairs, for the Bayer group in Australia and New Zealand.
Richard is focused on strengthening dialogue across Australian society to improve the understanding of the critical role of innovation in meeting the sustainability, food supply and health challenges that we face in the future.
From a southern Victorian farming background, Richard obtained an Honours Degree in Forestry from Melbourne University and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture, focusing on satellite remote sensing, from the University of Sydney. After working in government extension and agricultural insurance, Richard held various management positions with Bayer in France, Singapore, Japan, China and Germany, accumulating experience in strategy, food production systems, marketing and distribution issues. Richard is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Richard is married with 4 children.
Dr Peter Mayfield, Executive Director: Environment, Energy and Resources, commenced in this position in December 2016 and is responsible for delivery of the science that underpins the safe, balanced and sustainable utilisation and development of Australia’s water, ocean, minerals and energy resources and systems. A key part of this is to understand the mechanisms and impacts of climate change to enable mitigation and adaptation strategies to be developed and implemented. Prior to December 2016, Dr Mayfield was the Business Unit Leader for CSIRO Energy, a position he held for the past two and half years.
Dr Mayfield has qualifications in Chemical Engineering, graduating from the University of Queensland. He has worked in research and development in the energy and resources industry for over 20 years, holding a number of senior roles with BHP Billiton. Dr Mayfield joined CSIRO in 2010 as Chief of the Energy Technology Division and has been working for the past six years to ensure the necessary research and development is being undertaken to underpin the transition to an affordable, secure and lower emissions energy future.
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is co-founder and Chairman of Gekko Systems, based in Ballarat, Victoria. Gekko is a world leader in gold and silver processing technology, and energy (processing) efficient modular plants, designing, construction and operation. The company was established in 1996 and in addition to its head office in Ballarat, has offices in Perth, Vancouver, and Johannesburg.
Internationally, the company has specialised for over 20 years in the sale of capital equipment. Elizabeth lead the charge on strategic amalgamation and acquisition of large projects from a sales process, as well as target marketing and also a strong oversite of the major sales projects and key strategies, such as multi-tier selling and key account management. Through the business, she understood organised and directed many major selling projects in addition to having opened offices in Johannesburg, Vancouver, Santiago, Perth and Moscow, as well as establishing an agency and associates network.
Elizabeth is the founding Chair of the Federal Government’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Growth Centre and has recently stepped down as Chair of Austmine, the peak industry body in Australia for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, a $90 billion industry. Previously, she was a member of the Australian Federal Government’s National Precincts Board and the Innovation Australia Board.
Founder and now Patron of CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution), Elizabeth was visionary in the formation of this not-for-profit organisation which aims to accelerate knowledge and change transfer in the field of eco-efficient comminution. CEEC has the capacity to have a meaningful global impact on energy consumption in mining and has recently been awarded the 2013 Mining Magazine Editor’s award. In August 2014, Elizabeth was named by the Canadian CIM Magazine as one of the top 12 influential people to know in the mining industry in relation to her work at CEEC.
Elizabeth was inducted into the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame in 2000, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and has won several awards including the Warren Centre’s Innovation Heroes Award. In 2015, Elizabeth was nominated and listed in the Australian Financial Review’s “100 Women of Influence Award”.
As well as her involvement in the mining sector, Elizabeth is also Patron of the Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA). Before entering the mining industry Elizabeth worked in stockbroking and strategic planning. Her qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Economics, and a Masters in Business Management. In 2016, Federation University Australia honoured Elizabeth with a Doctor of the University Honoris Causa degree in recognition of service and contributions to the mining sector, mineral processing, business leadership, and environmental management.
Jeff Connolly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens group in the Australia Pacific region, the first Australian to hold this position since 1984. He reports directly to the Siemens AG Managing Board.
Jeff’s 30-year career at Siemens has given him direct involvement in all areas of the Siemens portfolio, as well as broad inter-cultural business experiences throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. Most significantly, he has lived and worked in China for a total of seven years. Between 2009 and 2012, he was CFO of Siemens North-East Asia, was based in Beijing and responsible for more than 80 manufacturing companies, which employed approximately 40,000 people and generated a turnover of approximately $9 billion.
Originally from Melbourne, Jeff is a graduate of Melbourne University, and has completed the general management program of Duke University USA. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, National Trustee of CEDA, founding member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, President of the AI Group Victoria, National Vice President (Victoria) to the Ai Group National Council, Director of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, member of the Victorian Government Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, Director of the European Australian Business Council, member of the Business Council of Australia, member of the Prime Minister / Chancellor Australia-Germany Advisory Group, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Task Force, Director of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP and Director of the New Bendigo Hospital PPP.
Siemens has been active in the Pacific region for over 140 years. The Siemens Group has interests in turnover in the region of approximately $2 billion and provides employment to 2200 people. Siemens’s local financial commitment, via local equity and in debt and equity participation in public infrastructure, is approximately $1 billion.
Jeff lives on the Mornington Peninsula, is fluent in German, has four sons and his interests include golf, sailing and tennis.
Dirk Hoke is the CEO of Airbus Defence and Space and a member of the Airbus Executive Committee. His career spans 21 years and five continents (Germany, USA, Austria, Argentina, China, Morocco. Dirk Hoke became General Manager for the Transrapid Propulsion and Power Supply Subdivision from 2002 to 2005, before being appointed President of Siemens Transportation Systems China. In 2008, Dirk Hoke took the lead of Siemens’s Africa activities. He returned to Germany in 2011 to become the Division CEO of Industrial Solutions. He then became CEO of the Large Drives Business Unit in 2014 before joining Airbus beginning 2016.
Tom is responsible for Shell’s gas and power marketing and trading across Australia – comprising equity domestic gas and power purchases and sales on both the East and West coasts of Australia. He is also responsible for the management of supply and demand optimisation across the Shell Australia’s unique onshore natural gas to LNG gas chain in Queensland, and LNG/liquids off-take management on behalf of Shell’s QGC, North West Shelf, Gorgon and Prelude interests. The Shell Energy team is located in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
Tom has over 15 years experience in the oil and gas industry, having joined BG Group in 2010 where he held a variety of roles within the BG LNG Trading team, most recently as Director of Global Supply & Commercial Operations. Tom studied at Bristol University in the UK, after which he joined Exxonmobil as a graduate and worked in a variety of positions over nine years.
As Head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division and CEO of RMMV and RLS, Ben is responsible for leading the tracked vehicle, tactical wheeled vehicle, logistic vehicle, turret, counter IED and airport equipment businesses of Rheinmetall Defence. With six production and engineering facilities in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands the portfolio of programs and products under Ben’s leadership include the Puma IFV, the Boxer 8×8, the Fuchs 6×6, Leopard 2 upgrade programs, Leopard 2 support vehicles, logistic vehicles, the Lance family of medium calibre turrets, ground penetrating radar, counter IED equipment, the PzH 2000 Artillery system chassis and aircraft Air Start Systems for civilian and military customers.
In addition to his European responsibilities, Ben is also responsible for Rheinmetall’s international hubs in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and North Africa. Before joining Rheinmetall Ben held senior roles with General Dynamics and BAE Systems. At General Dynamics he was responsible for the European wheeled armoured vehicle portfolio and was responsible for the delivery of more than twenty 8×8, 6×6 and 4×4 military vehicle Programs to customers in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Australia and North America. Prior to his time in the commercial sector, Ben served as an Officer in the Australian Army with a decade of experience in various roles including active service in East Timor and time with the Australian Defence procurement organisation.
Ben is a degree-qualified Mechanical Engineer and holds an MBA from the London Business School.
Greg Albert was appointed Managing Director/CEO of Bisalloy Steels on 4th January 2016.
Greg holds professional qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, International Marketing and also an MBA (New Technology). With his career commencing in Newcastle Australia in heavy equipment design, manufacture, sales and service, Greg has held senior executive roles’ around the world, principally in Asia, Europe and the USA, with industrial market leaders Metso (Finland) and Sandvik (Sweden).
Greg has lived in South Asia, USA, China and in Europe with roles covering leadership, management, sales, services, distribution, manufacturing, business strategy and business development across very large complex organisations and globally diverse cultures.
Before joining Bisalloy, Greg was previously based in Stockholm Sweden as the President of Sandvik Global Markets, covering 23 countries for their mining and construction businesses, and a member of their executive team. His global experience in the acquisition and integration of businesses also includes the establishment of multiple JVs in China, India and new business integration in numerous countries.
Greg is now based in Wollongong, NSW, leading Bisalloy Steels towards reaching its’ full potential as the only Australian manufacturer of Quench & Tempered specialty performance steels.
Keith McLean has a Ph.D. in industrial microbiology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland where he developed expertise in oilfield microbiology, biofouling and bacterial
surface interactions. Following spells in industry and industrial post-doctoral fellowships in New Zealand and Australia he joined the surface chemistry group at CSIRO
Molecular Science in 1996 working on surface modification and characterisation for ophthalmic and other polymeric biomaterials applications. He was a team member (1996 ‐ 2008) and project leader (from 2003 to 2005) of the implantable contact lens project in the VisionCRC.
This team designed a polymer, surface and surgical methods for an implantable contact lens application which entered a phase 1 clinical trial. This team won the 2004 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Research and the 2009 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement.
He was the Research Theme Leader for Biomedical Materials and Devices in CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering from 2006 to 2014 leading an 80 member team of polymer and surface chemists and biologists developing biomaterials for tissue engineering, stem cell propagation and implantable devices. He was Program Leader for Biomedical Polymers in the CRC for Polymers and Project Leader from 2008 ‐ 2012 of the Biomanufacturing Project the aim of which was to develop novel materials for stem cell proliferation.
He became Director of CSIRO Manufacturing in July 2014 where he leads 400 scientists and engineers developing solutions for high‐tech Australian manufacturing. In particular, CSIRO Manufacturing is directed to research in Biomedical Manufacturing; Chemical and Fibre Industries; Metals Manufacturing and Innovative Manufacturing. McLean’s research interests include surface modification and characterisation of polymers and their interactions with proteins, cells and tissues; development of low fouling surfaces and self-assembling materials.
He is a Past President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Inc. and was a member of the Scientific Committee of the 7th World Biomaterials Congress. He was a delegate (2008‐2012) to the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering and is currently Secretary (2012‐20).
He has been a Keynote and Plenary Invited speaker at national and international conferences and reviews for several journals, Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council and NSERC (Canada). He is a Board Member of the CRC Polymers, Biomedical Research Victoria and was on the Governance Committee of the ARC Special Research Initiative Stem Cells Australia (2012‐16); the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Frontier Materials (Deakin Univ 2012‐2015) and the Melbourne
He is a Council Member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council (2015 ‐ present); Member of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce and the Advisory Council of Chemistry Australia.
McLean was admitted as Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 2006 and elected a Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 2016.
Rebecca Knol is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, the leading industry body representing the resources sector in South Australia.
SACOME members generate 34 per cent of South Australia’s exports, and $6.4 billion of its gross state product.
Rebecca brings significant national and international experience in the mining and oil & gas sectors to her role. In her first year at SACOME, Rebecca has contributed to significant change by introducing Australia’s first cross-sectoral electricity purchasing group, potentially saving the industry millions of dollars in energy costs.
Her previous roles include senior positions at Origin Energy in Australia and AngloGold Ashanti in Africa.
Today, Rebecca continues to refresh SACOME’s strategic focus and creation of member value through policy and advocacy leadership.